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the KWA ATP (Adaptive Training Pistol)
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Long story short: I got to take some pictures of the new KWA ATP.  As if having the privilege of attending the grand opening of the world's hottest new Airsoft MOUT facility, SC Viper (Click for my review & photo gallery), wasn't enough, I was able to sweet talk Michael Hou, hot shot (literally) sales rep for KWA USA, to be my battle buddy during my maiden voyage on the field. I won't lie. I lucked out that he was there, because other than Giant Airsoft's new director, Jet Del Castillo, I didn't expect to know anyone there. I rolled out solo that day, like a one-man wolf pack roaming the desert looking for strip...oh wait, nevermind.

Anywho, after we got done owning it on the field (mostly Mike, not so much me until later in the day), I convinced Mr. Hou to let me snap a few shots of the new and yet-to-be-available-for-resale, Glock-based Adaptive Training Pistol aka the ATP, which he was using as his Airsoft sidearm during the game because you can do that when you're Mike Hou from KWA.  After procuring clearance from HQ (aka THE Allen "Allizard" Lau) that all details of the ATP therein were de-classified, he relinquished control of his not-yet-released Airsoft piece so that I could let my camera have some fun. And let me tell you, my 6mm sidekicks, my camera and I had a blasty blast (10 points if you can guess who says "blasty blast" other than me).

Although I hold him in very high regard, I thought about trying to over-power Mike and taking off with the ATP to keep all for myself, but I'm pretty sure he was ready to deliver a swift strike to my jaw with ninja-like precision and the help of a concealed auto-baton if I tried any shenanigans with the pride of KWA's new GBB pistol releases for 2011.  Aside from that, I've seen a bit of what he can do to manipulate a real firearm and, therefore, the risk-assessment module of my brain issued a warning that I should probably just mind my P's and Q's. 

Long and wordy story short, this is a special feature on the Glock-based KWA ATP.  I hope you don't hate it.

Click Here to Read the Rest and to Peep my KWA ATP Mini Gallery

 

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First and foremost, did I mention that KWA's ATP is based on the Glock framework?  Cuz it is.  What this means for us, boys and girls, is that diabetically sweet molded holsters like the 5.11 Tactical Series Thumbdrive or the Blackhawk Serpa or the Safariland 6004 series holsters (or any other of your favorite molded plastic holsters) which offer Glock models, will work with the Adaptive Training Pistol. 
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Once I own at least one ATP (maybe I need two for dualie purposes?), I think it easily justifies owning each of the three holsters I mentioned above.  See how that makes sense?  Yea, me neither, but I'm gonna do it anyway because I'm materialistic and believe having a truck load of stuff actually enhances my character, moral fiber and ability to be a better father to my one-year-old.
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You might think that KWA's new ATP is just a sleeker design of the popular Glock design, but doesn't offer any extra features or otherwise set itself apart from the norm.  Well, if that's the case, then why don't you let me do the thinking for the next few minutes while you just enjoy the pics and the good news I'm about to drop on you like a hot knife through butter...errr...whatever the phrase is that indicates I'm going to drop something that falls very fast to the ground because of its heavy mass.
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Extended slide release lever.  By extended, I mean that from front to back, it's longer than average, which most women, whether they admit it or not, do prefer. 
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Below, you'll see that KWA got a little more generous than the old Glock design was with rail slots for mounting lights.  The traditional Glock design only allotted one slot.  Having multiple slots, as pictured below, will allow for a more variety of lighting options for your Airsoft ATP.
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Here, you'll do well to take notice of the back panel of the grip, where one would typically find the hammer spring of an Airsoft pistol.  Whether or not the hammer spring resides in this grip panel is unknown to me, but I can tell you that the panel itself is swappable with a different size to accommodate the many different sizes of human hands that will likely want to wrap themselves tightly around this sexy, yet simplistically fabulous Airsoft gas blow-back masterpiece. 
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Nothing real exciting about what's going on below, I just wanted to show you two things: (1) the inside of the KWA Adaptive Training Pistol's slide and (2) that I could seriously blow some highlights with my camera that would later require recovering using Photoshop CS5's awesome Camera RAW plug-in.  I did the best I could with my limited abilities.
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Here's a close-up of the ATP's hop-up chamber.  The notches on the outer diameter of that black ring are to interlock with the hop-up adjustment tool that will likely accompany your new ATP in its final packaging.  
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I could lie and tell you that I'm adding the following mini gallery just for you, but really, I'm just excited that I figured out how to add a Lightbox gallery to the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog and going to use this opportunity to show off my new trick. As an added, super awesome WIN bonus, this Airsoft Lightbox gallery will feature all the KWA Adaptive Training Pistol photos you just saw, plus one or two extra and unnecessary photos of the ATP just for good measure.

KWA ATP, Adaptive Training Pistol Airsoft Photo Gallery:

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KWA ATP Review
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KWA ATP Review
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KWA ATP Review


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KWA ATP Review


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KWA ATP Review


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KWA ATP Review


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KWA ATP Review


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KWA ATP Review


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KWA ATP Review


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KWA ATP Review


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KWA ATP Review


Oh yea, one more thing. The KWA ATP is slated for release in late July/early August of 2011.  Somewhere around that same time, the KWA Mk23 SOCOM pistol, made famous/infamous (depending on which side of the US Navy SEALs you're on) by premium firearms manufacturer, Heckler & Koch, is also scheduled to be release into the wild (and subsequently into my possession).

Yea, that's like in a month or two so start saving your pennies faster than the ROF of a properly tuned AEG running a Seigetek Cyclone Dual-Sector Gear setup (VERY FAST)!

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